Lincoln students mark Martin Luther King Day by committing to continue his work

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Monday was a day of remembrance by local students for the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

His life, his legacy and his dream were celebrated, but the work these young leaders are committed to reigned supreme.

“Unequal access and opportunity is the business of all of us,” said Kendyll Jackson, a student at Schoo Middle School.

The event included singing from the Northwest Falcon High School choir and a host of impassioned speeches from local students who spoke to this year’s theme, “MLK and Me.”

MLK Youth Rally organizer and alumni Brittney Hodges Bookovac has been part of the program since she was 14 years old.

She credits her voice for affecting change within the community to the tools she learned early on while participating. She said the MLK Youth Rally readies tomorrow’s civil rights leaders.

“People want change to be super sudden, but really it takes determination and time,” she said. “You have to put yourself in positions and use your platform. We are putting the youth in position to where they know to use their voice, kind of like passing the torch.”

And pass the torch she did.

MLK rally speaker Dale Turner urged everyone to stand up and move to swift action because he believes we cannot rest on what has been done. He says we must continue to build upon the work past civil rights leaders did, or as he puts it, “We must take our place.”

“Take your place like civil rights activist Harry T. More, who laid the groundwork for the modern civil rights movement,” Turner said. “His investigation in lynching and registering African Americans to vote cost him his life.”

Students later delivered a call to action, asking all Lincolnites to not only think about the changes made during the civil rights era, but to continue to make changes that further King’s dream of representation and inclusiveness.

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